Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger by Rob Reger & Jessica Gruner

22 Nov

Bibliography: Reger, Rob & Gruner, Jessica. Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger. Illustrated by Rob Reger & Buzz Parker. Harper, 2010. 263 pages. Tr. $14.49, ISBN 978-0-06-145232-1

Plot: Thirteen year old Emily Strange is a strange girl. She is very smart, artistic, likes to skateboard, play the guitar, play pranks, make lists of 13 things, her four cats, and create science projects. One of her science projects is her golem Raven, who assists her in her lab and around the house. Emily and her mother are constantly moving, never in a town longer than a year. They have just moved to a new town and Emily want to do the greatest prank ever on the towns folk, so she fixes up her duplicator so that she can duplicate everybody in town. However, something goes wrong and she ends up duplicating herself. At first this is awesome, she has another her to help her with projects, but things soon take a turn for the worst.

Review: This is a sequel to the Emily the Strange series. In this second book Emily accidentally duplicates herself when trying to hash out a great prank for her new town. Things seem fine at first, a second Emily to help in her lab, but other Emily ends up being Evil Emily and is trying to sabotage her plans. As well as, trying to kill her. The book is  laid out in a journal format with each day dated and the event that took place that day. There are sketches and photographs stapled to the pages and best of all is all of the great band names with logos that Emily comes up with. Children will enjoy reading about the strange and quirky Emily in double fold with all of her schemes, pranks , and diabolical ideas. A great addition to the Emily Strange novels.

Genre: Goth fiction/science fiction

Reading Level/Interest Level: YA/11+

Similar Materials: Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Reader’s Advisory: This book was so interesting, I found myself looking forward to her lists of 13 things and crazy ideas she was constantly coming up with. Her fascination with her four cats is hilarious yet completely relate-able. Other Emily the Strange books include: The Lost Days, Dark Times and soon to come out Piece of Mind. If you are looking for a little chaos, evil scheming, and scientific fun you should read this book.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in LIBR 264-10 Digital Record


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